Deaf Havana
Fools and Worthless Liars (Deluxe Edition)


4.0
excellent

Review

by silentstar USER (10 Reviews)
October 24th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “And these songs still don't mean half as much as they should do to me”

It takes a lot for a band to admit that their previous work is not as good as they had initially thought, but for frontman James Veck Gilodi, acceptance is key. Of course, that’s not to say Fools and Worthless Liars was a bad album. Quite the contrary, it was one of the prime alternative records of 2011, with its soaring melodies and lyrical honesty. However, the band decided that they would like to recreate the album in reflection of their current musical tastes and that now leaves us with the deluxe edition of Fools and Worthless Liars, containing the original songs as well as their alternate versions. Question is, was it a worthy move of the band?

Opposite to the original album, the deluxe goes off with a blast; The Past Six Years is one of the most upbeat songs on the album, showcasing folk influences and instrumental diversity. The band shows that they are not afraid to embrace all genres, and this can be seen in the individuality of each and every song; Anemophobia carries a heavy, somber piano tone while The World or Nothing finds the band dabbling in the electronic side of things. The fans have waited and the band has delivered. This is more than simply a different melody here and there, or a change in lyrics; it is a different side of the band, one which will hopefully be expanded in the future.

However, this album, as with any album, comes with the good and the bad. The bad is that the band as a whole have taken a step back, only making sparing appearances, and this surprisingly leads to the good; vocalist James now has the stage all to himself. It is of no question that James is one of the best rising vocalists and this album finds him pushing to boundaries he hadn’t previously dared venture into. Anemophobia basically derives its essence from the heart-wrenched vocals, while Things Change shows an angry sounding James, lashing out at his “friend” for leaving the band despite his promise to stick together. James hasn’t sounded any better than he has on this album, going on to show the difference maturity and experience can bring about.

But despite all the praising, the alternate versions do fall short on some counts. For one, due to the use of mostly similar lyricism, the lines are delivered a bit awkwardly and songs like Hunstanton Pier don’t do much to deviate from the original, but for a deluxe edition, these could be easily overlooked.

Now then, was it a worthy move of the band? Definitely. Deaf Havana have shown that they can rock the post hardcore sound, they can rock the rock sound and they can definitely rock the multiple sounds they have going on here.

“I need to set aside my ways and figure out all the things I have to change.”



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silentstar
October 23rd 2012


2282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whew, haven't given a shot at reviewing in ages! Any feedback is more than welcome, and if you're interested, here are a couple of songs off the album:

The Past Six Years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKH60AiJwA8&feature=channel&list=UL

Things Change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNgVt8ha2B4&feature=relmfu

Ponton
Emeritus
October 23rd 2012


5819 Comments


been looking for a stream or anything

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

silentstar
October 23rd 2012


2282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should check out the links I have up there; the guy uploaded the whole album

patman1001
October 23rd 2012


1012 Comments


ooooo i didnt realize they were releasing a deluxe edition of this. definitely gonna check this out.

IfYouRun
October 23rd 2012


295 Comments


Interested to hear this. The original was amazing and the teaser clips sounded pretty varied.

Macros
October 23rd 2012


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fantastic. I absolutely adore the original FAWL and I love this. James is one of the best vocalists going around at the moment.

Ecnalzen
October 23rd 2012


6821 Comments


I wish I would have known about the deluxe edition. I already ordered the standard one a while back.

Solid review, by the way. Kind of short, but still gets your point across.

henryChinaski
October 24th 2012


2847 Comments


Damn this will rule i know it

ConsumerOfNut
October 24th 2012


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That "documentary" they uploaded sounded so good. Need to buy this ASAP.

Skreech
October 30th 2012


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this so much! I mean, I still probably prefer the original album, but the fact that a band can release something as varied as this just proves their immense musicianship.

NorwichScene
October 30th 2012


1522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bought the standard CD too. Not buying the deluxe as well even if they are from my city, will download

thelastsignal
February 20th 2013


1587 Comments


Very nice review, pos'd. Short and to the point. I can't wait to hear this in relation to how the original album sounded.

Digging: The Grouch x Eligh x CunninLynguists - The Winterfire EP

silentstar
February 20th 2013


2282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey, thanks man! let me know what you think of the album when you're done listening

nononsense
March 3rd 2013


3431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like the acoustic songs much more.



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